admiring OTT

Virginia WOOLF to Vanessa BELL on OTT:

'I did rouse myself to go and see Ott. I was so much overcome by her beauty that I really felt as if I'd suddenly got into the sea, and heard the mermaids fluting on their rocks. How it was done I can't think; but she had red-gold hair in masses,cheeks as soft as cushions with a lovely deep crimson on the crest of them, and a body shaped more after my notion of a mermaid's than I've ever seen... swelling, but smooth.'

from the NPG, in Ottoline Morrell's scrapbooks here

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